Welcome to Sri Lanka. On this day of your 14 days Sri Lanka tour, you shall start exploring its marvels. Upon your arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, an agent’s representative will greet you and guide you towards a luxury chauffeur-driven vehicle that will take you around the country.After the formalities at the airport you will be escorted to your air-conditioned vehicle and transfer to a hotel in Negombo for leisure.
Overnight stay at Negombo
After breakfast leave for Sigiriya. Visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage .The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to the many orphaned elephants found in the jungle. Since the inception of the program over 20 elephants have been bred here. The aim of the orphanage is to simulate a natural habitat to these elephants. However, there are some exceptions: the elephants are taken to the river twice a day for a bath, and all the babies less than three years of age are still bottle fed by the mahouts and volunteers.
In the afternoon, you will visit the ‘Lion’s Rock’ in Sigiriya.
Sigiriya is one of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka. Referred by locals as the Eighth Wonder of the World this ancient palace and fortress complex has significant archaeological importance and attracts thousands of tourists every year. It is probably the most visited tourist destination of Sri Lanka.The palace is located in the heart of the island between the towns of Dambulla and Habarane on a massive rocky plateau 370 meters above the sea level.Sigiriya rock plateau, formed from magma of an extinct volcano, is 200 meters higher than the surrounding jungles. Its view astonishes the visitors with the unique harmony between the nature and human imagination.The fortress complex includes remnants of a ruined palace, surrounded by an extensive network of fortifications, vast gardens, ponds, canals, alleys and fountains.The surrounding territories of Sigiriya were inhibited for several thousand years. Since 3th century BC the rocky plateau of Sigiriya served as a monastery.
Overnight stay at Sigiriya
After breakfast you will visit Anuradhapura .Anuradhapura is the heritage capitol of Sri Lanka which is five hours away from capitol Colombo. Upon arrival in Anuradhapura, Check in to the bungalow, situated on the shores of the Tissawewa, set in a large tree-filled garden, is a small elegantly simple bungalow that reflects the serenity of the Great ancient Stupas that can be seen, day and night, across the water.
Anuradhapura is the first capital of Sri Lanka located in north central province of Sri Lanka. It is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka which was the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. Due to its ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization UNESCO named it as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1982 under the name of Sacred City of Anuradhapura.
The ruins of Anuradhapura are one of South Asia`s most evocative sights. The sprawling complex contains a rich collection of archaeological and architectural wonders: enormous dagobas (brick stupas), ancient pools and crumbling temples, built during Anuradhapura’s thousand years of rule over Sri Lanka. Today, several of the sites remain in use as holy places and temples; frequent ceremonies give Anuradhapura a vibrancy that’s a sharp contrast to the museum-like ambience at Polonnaruwa.
Current-day Anuradhapura is a pleasant albeit sprawling city; a small town that feels more like a large village. There`s loads of good budget accommodation, easy bike hire and a relaxed pace, making it a good place to spend an extra day.
Next you will visit Mihinthalauya. Mihintale is part of a mountain peak in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is said to be the point of meeting between Mahinda, the Buddhist monk, who arrived from India and King Devanampiyatissa, where the formed preached the doctrine of Buddhism, which was the opening point of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Anuradhapuara
After breakfast, you will depart to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa.
Sri Lanka`s second most ancient kingdom, Polonnaruwa, became the capital of Sri Lanka following the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993 AD. Built by King Parakramabahu I, this urban green city has seen numerous civilisations journeying through this kingdom including the Cholas, South Indian Hindu and Buddhist Sinhalese, between the 12th and 13th centuries.Brimming with archeologically treasures, the city is dotted with temples, shrines, palaces and ruins. Explore the royal palace from the period of King Parakramabahu I (1153 – 1186). Once a massive structure with 50 rooms, today impressive walls still stand strong.
Lion sculptures guard the stairs to the king`s audience hall, where intricately carved stone elephants line the walls and the king`s swimming pool with large crocodile mouth statues spout fresh water. Built of stone, Shiva Devale No.2, the oldest Hindu temple in Polonnaruwa is tucked away in a small forest clearing.
An impressive collection of ruins forms the sacred quadrangle and in the middle is the vatadage with four entrances leading to the place where the Sacred Tooth Relic was once housed. Explore the large stupa Rankot Vihara and the monks` quarters. A tribute built to the king`s queen, Dagaba Kiri Vihara is a perfectly preserved dagaba, lovingly repainted by devotees prior to the Vesak Poya every year Marvel at the massive 17m (55ft) Buddha statue at Lankatilaka and end your explorations in front of four Buddha figures at Gal Vihara, cut from one slab of granite.
Overnight stay at Polonnaruwa.
Today you will drive towards to visit the Dambulla cave temples en route.The Buddhist temple complex of Dambulla consists of five cave temples carved under a very large overhanging rock. The temples were carved out over several centuries, but the oldest dates back to the 1st century B.C.E. The temples include numerous carved statues of Buddha, and his faithful disciple Ananda, as well as Hindu deities.
Next you will visit Kandy Temple of the Tooth Relic. Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a world-renowned place of worship, where the left Canine tooth of Gautama Buddha is enshrined. The temple which is venerated by thousands of local & foreign devotees and tourists daily was named as a world heritage by UNESCO in 1988.
The temple which carries a lot of value to Buddhists all over the world also has immense cultural value. The architecture is of unique Kandyan architectural style with a combination of the unique style used to build “Dalada Mandira” the shrines which housed the Sacred Tooth Relic previously in other kingdoms.
On completion, proceed to the Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Peradeniya Situated in Kandy’s suburb of Peradeniya, the spectacular Peradeniya Botanical Garden The gardens display over 4 000 different species of plants, regarded amongst the most superior in Asia.The highlight is the spectacular Orchid collection and a mighty avenue of palm trees. In addition to a plethora of flowering plants, there is also an extensive collection of medicinal plants and spices which can be spotted on your meander across the gardens. Encompassing over 60 hectares of sublimely designed lawns, pavilions and plant houses, the extraordinary array of Sri Lankan, Asian and international flora is a fragrant, colorful view on the eye. Gorgeous avenues lead on to sections exploding in bursts of tropical color and vast lawns dotted with enormous trees.
On completion, return to hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Kandy
The next morning you have to go Nuwaraeliya. En-route, you will stop at theRamboda falls The area is known for marvelous landscapes comprising of highlands, ridges, plains, streams and hilly mountains. The best of the attractions being the Ramboda falls.Ramboda also has beautiful sights and rare birds cooing on the thick forests.The gushing waters and their sounds as they crackle hitting the rocks is experience awe – parallel.
Next you will visit the Tea Plantation & Tea Factory One of the most famous is Blue Field Tea Estate Nuwara Eliya. They control a large estate around the factory and produce high quality tea that is being exported all over the world.You will also visit a tea tasting chamber with different types of teas.
Aftre lunch you will visit Haggala Botanical Garden .It is the second largest garden among the five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka and is contiguous to Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve, which is the home to a variety of wild life, including bears, monkeys and birds. The comfortable cool weather that prevails throughout the year compliments the exotic flora and fauna, creating a true paradise. It boasts thousands of flora species. .
Later continuing journey to Nuwara Eliya is often referred to by the Sri Lankan tourist industry as ‘Little England’.Travelling through winding roads and lush green valleys, tea estates situated on the slopes and banks of the hills, with tiny streams and water falls and the beautiful misty mountains , one can arrive at Nuwara Eliya town which offers you everything, as any other town does Nuwara Eliya, which is situated among some of the most beautiful tea estates also has the Golf course, race Course, horses, Rose gardens and British style houses which all add up to a perfect vacation retreat, offering a level of perfection without equal.
Gregory Lake was build under the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. This is the most prominent attraction in Nuwara Eliya and all the vistors used to come here and spent some time by the lake and relax.
Overnight stay at NuwaraEliya
Early morning proceed to Horton Plains National Park .
Horton Plains in Sri Lanka, is the coldest and windiest location in the country. It consists of ecosystems such as Montane evergreen forests, grasslands, marshy lands and aquatic ecosystem. At an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level, Horton Plains spreads across over 3,169 hectares of the highest tableland of the island. In view of the large number of endemic flora and fauna species, Horton Plains was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 30th July 2010.
Horton Plains, its surroundings, forests and the adjoining Peak Wilderness constitute Sri Lanka’s most important catchment area of almost all major rivers. The plains are also of outstanding scenic beauty and conservation importance, containing most of the habitats and endemic plants and animals representative of the country’s wet and Montane zones. The western slopes support the most extensive area of Montane cloud forest surviving in the island. Horton Plains is not merely a destination for nature tourists. Since the rich biodiversity of Horton Plains is still grossly underexplored, it affords invaluable opportunities to those engaged on educational and research activities. The Climate of Horton Plains is that of a wet Montane forest. The average annual temperature of 14-16⁰ Centigrade while the humidity is relatively low at 65%. Though annual rainfall of the highlands is about 2540mm, Horton Plains records over 5000 mm of rainfall annually.
On the southern edge of the Horton Plains at an altitude of 2140m is famous World’s End, an escarpment that fall sheer 900 meters. The man-made modern irrigation reservoir contained within the national park of Udawalawe brings in a lovely view of the low lying plains of the southern Sri Lanka. On a clear morning the World’s End affords the view running to the southern coast of Sri Lanka. The panoramic and distant views are bound to get obscured by the mist from around 10am onwards. As such an early morning arrival at the escarpment would stand in good stead. Especially in the rainy months of May to July, the mist is particularly thick
Overnight stay at Horton Plains National Park
Today you will drive towards Ella. A trip to Ella wouldn`t be complete without a visit to the iconic Nine Arches Bridge.Tucked away in the misty Sri Lankan high country, amongst idyllic green hills and gushing waterfalls, lies Ella.one of this tear-shaped island`s most appealing destinations.
From scaling the heady heights of Ella Rock, to laying eyes on the mystical Nine Arch Bridge for the very first time; standing on the edge of the roaring Diyaluma Falls (the second tallest in the country), and winding through the tea plantations and mountains passes on the famous many of our favourite Sri Lankan adventures can be found right here.At its heart, Ella is a charming and laid back village perfect for relaxing, hiking .
One of the highlights in the mountain village Ella is the 30-meter high Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. With a small 30-minute walk through the jungle, you will reach a piece of beautiful architecture that is hidden between lush green tea fields. It is allowed to walk on the bridge and it’s one of the things you must do in Sri Lanka.
After you will visit Rawana Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in our country. It belongs to the Ella area. Rawana Falls has got a very high tourist attraction as see. Kirindi Oya is the source of Rawana Falls. Rawana Falls is located at an elevation of 3445 feet above sea level. The waterfall is 82 feet (25 meters) high. This beautiful waterfall, which is covered with oval and concave rocks, is part of the Rawana Falls Wildlife Reserve. The Rawana Ella Purana Raja Maha Viharaya and the Dova Purana Viharaya are located close to this waterfall. Beautiful, but very dangerous. Deep pits filled with water, slippery rocks, are abundant here.
After Lunch You will visit Liptons Seat.It is a beautiful tourist attraction that offers awe-inspiring views of the surrounding tea fields. This place is perfect to witness the best of sunrise and sunset.
Overnight stay at Ella
Yala National Park is the island`s principle national park and offers the greatest diversity of animal and birdlife in the country. The habitats found in the park are wide-ranging, from freshwater lakes to beaches, rocky outcrops to green plains and jungle. This creates an area of immense biodiversity and is one of the world`s most popular destinations to spot the elusive leopard, who love to lounge on the huge granite boulders that dot the parkland. The home of the Sri Lankan leopards, the Yala Park is the only place in the country where these fierce creatures can roam free in their natural habitat. A jungle safari in this park is must for all nature and wildlife lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and wildlife photographers. On a clear rainless day, one can spot a number of animals at this park ranging from leopards, elephants, Sri Lankan sloth bear, turtles, macaques, fishing cats, etc. One can also find a number of dangerous reptiles native to Sri Lanka like monitor lizards, types of crocodiles, Sri Lankan flying snake, Fan-throated lizard, Indian cobra, Russells Viper, and Sri Lankan krait.
En-route, you will stop at the will be a Bundala National Park . The Bundala National Park considered the most important birding destination in Sri Lanka was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and thereafter advanced to a National Park in 1993. The park boasts of nearly 200 species of birds, of which 150 are endemic and the rest migratory . Amongst the migratory birds are the Petite Blue Tailed bee-eaters, flocks of Flamingos, Brown Flycatcher, Sandpipers, Barn Swallow, Water Fowl, Common Redshank, the Lesser Sand Plover and Forest Wagtail. The complex wetland system within the park, now declared as Sri Lanka`s first `Ramsar` site (identified as an important wetland in the network of international wetlands) and declared a biosphere reserve by UNECO in 2005, is a haven to a number of aquatic birds such as the migratory Greater flamingo (large flocks of over 1000 birds), Ibis, Painted storks, Terns, Gulls and Ducks and the resident water birds such as Ppelicans, Herons, Egrets, Cormorants, Stilts and Storks.
Overnight stay at Bundala
Next you will come across, Mirijjawila. Located in the Hambanthota district, on the Colombo-Kataragama main road, Mirijjawila Botanical Garden has the Mattala International Airport on its left side and the Hambantota Harbor on its right side. prior to which the land was covered with thorny shrubs and abandoned chena lands. It covers a total of 300 acres and is still in the process of being developed into tis full area.It is situated in the dry zone of the island and is the first Sri Lankan botanical garden developed by local experts for the conservation of dwindling species of trees and shrubs, medicinal herbs and popularizing plants of the dry zone by providing an attractive destination for foreign and local tourists.
The Mirijjawila Botanical Gardens is one of the five dedicated botanical gardens in the island and was only opened in 2013. The botanical gardens` purpose was to maintain the biodiversity of the area, while also providing a kaleidoscopic natural backdrop in an otherwise fast developing city. Although new, the gardens are known to possess a myriad species of plants, ranging from flowers, shrubs, and trees. Many of these species are considered to be rare, and endemic to the island. Thus, making it an important biodiversity hotspot.
In addition to its unique floral species, there are quite a few faunae that take refuge in the greenery such as birds and many other little creatures. The gardens sprawled over 300 acres of lush green lands is an idyllic place to witness some different sceneries of the port town of Hambantota. One such interesting scenery is the sunset, as the sun`s rays, along with the chirping of the birds and the blossom of the flowers make the area all the more special. While you are exploring the gardens, make sure you learn about Ayurveda medicinal plants, as it is possible to witness how these plants are cultivated and eventually prepared as medicine.
Overnight stay at hotel in Mirijjawila
After Breakfast you will visit Mirissa. Mirissa is one of the most popular beach destinations in southern Sri Lanka, and for a good reason! The area has it all, beautiful Sri Lankan beaches, great waves for surfing, and waters teeming with marine life, from turtles to big blue whales. Spend your days enjoying fresh coconuts in your hammock, eating delicious food from beachside restaurants, and zooming around by motorbike. Four days is the perfect amount of time to absorb the laidback culture of this sunny beach town, enjoying all the top things to do in Mirissa.
Another one of the amazing places to visit in Mirissa is to climb up the Parrot Rock. This small and easily accessible rock will give you a stunning view of the Mirissa area. This is a place which will take your mind away from work and stress.It is a very quiet place where you can relax watching surfers in the high tides of water. You can also chill out in the nearby restaurants of this place.
Overnight stay at Mirissa.
Today you will drive towards Galle.First you will visit Galle fort. The Galle Dutch Fort happens to be one of the treasured historical monuments of Srilanka located on the southern coast of the country. The fort was constructed by the Portuguese in the course of their reign in Srilanka and was later renovated by the Dutch. The fort is one of the most The fort displays an amazing amalgamation of age-old architecture and antiquity in the middle of astounding natural beauty.You will come across a number of lively shops, cafes, exhibition halls, lifestyle stores, and villas, which adds to the beauty of the place. It would be just amazing to move by the walls witnessing the intricate artworks and sheer craftsmanship.
Then next you will visit the Japanese Peace Pagoda. Located a few kilometres from the city of Galle, the Japanese Peace Pagoda is a unique shrine that guarantees peace and solitude to anyone who visits. Built by the Japanese Nipponzan-Myōhōji order in 2005, it was made as a symbol to promote peace in the island. A short hike to the summit of the Rumassala Hill and you’ll find yourself in awe of the pristine pagoda. Enjoy the unhindered and stunning views of the coast and the bustling town of Galle when you reach the top.Perched on Rumassala Hill, visit the peace pagoda before enjoying a refreshing swim in Jungle Beach on your way down.
Proceed to visit Galle lighthouse, Mahamodara sea turtle hatchery centre, Still Fishing,etc Come back to the hotel for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Next you will visit Hikkaduwa.Famous for its long sandy beach, west-coast Hikkaduwa also boasts good waves for surfers, reefs for snorkelers and divers, plus sand-side hotels, restaurants, and bars. Add an island temple, tsunami museum, and turtle sanctuary, and you have one of Sri Lanka’s best beach-holiday haunts.
You can see here sea turtles. Right from the shore in town, you can easily spot many sea turtles just hanging out in the water. They aren’t scared of people and often swim right up to you.There is one particular spot that always seems to have turtles in Hikkaduwa.
Also you can see Coral Reef .Plunge into nature’s spellbinding creativity at the Hikkaduwa Coral Reef Sanctuary; Sri Lanka’s first Marine National Park. Snorkel amidst vibrant corals, swim with turtles, luminescent fish, and reef sharks or simply observe the beauty through glass-bottomed boats.
Overnight stay at Hikkaduwa
Early next morning, you will depart to Benthota. The Bentota Turtle Hatchery Project is a popular attraction in Bentota for all travellers. The pristine golden shores that draws you to our island, also provides an enticing nesting ground for several endangered turtle species from the Olive Ridley to the Leatherback turtle. The project aims at conserving and protecting the eggs from predators and other dangers. Visit the turtle hatchery in Bentota to learn about these endangered graceful creatures of the sea.
Aftre you willa visit the Bentota sea and Beach and City Tour. There you can see Seek blessings at Buddhist temple, famous for preserved & sacred preserved Buddha’s tooth,Cruise along the rivers of Madu surrounded by mangrove trees & discover more than one hundred eleven species of birds in their natural habitat,Explore the city of Bentota, a destination squeezed into verdant rainforests, misty hills amid fertile tea plantations and dazzling beaches,Enjoy the tropical goodness of nature by walking among the massive collection of colorful orchids in Botanical Gardens,Cherish the spiritual tour of Lunuganga Estate, an epitome of architectural brilliance reflecting and fusion of Indian, Chinese, and Thai, designs.
Overnight stay at Bentota
After Breakfast proceed to Colombo.On your way to Colombo you will visit Independence Square.The Independence Square is one of the most vital and historical monuments in the city of Colombo. It was built to commemorate the country`s independence in 1948. Bordered by a sprawling recreational park with manicured lawns, it is a popular attraction among families, friends and the keen joggers who spend their time at leisure.
Next you will visit National Museum Colombo. The National Museum Colombo first opened in 1877 with only 800 exhibits showcasing some aspects of the history and culture of Sri Lanka. Today, it has over 100,000 exhibits and the most important library on the island. Located near the Nelum Pokuna Theatre in swanky Colombo 7, the National Museum is the largest museum on the island.Visitors are greeted at the Museum`s lobby by a serene Buddha statue in meditation pose carved out of stone dating as far back as 4th to 5th century. This is one of the best-preserved ancient statues found on the island and is hailed by historians as a sculpting masterpiece.
Aftre that you will go Galle Face and Shopping Mall in Colombo.A premier retail, entertainment and dining paradise to unite local and global shoppers. Providing the globe`s best known and best loved names with optimal display and foot traffic opportunities and ensuring that visitors are engaged and satisfied with an experience unlike anything else in Colombo.At the rooftop, find a plethora of alfresco dining options with cuisines to suit every taste, all with spectacular views of the ocean makes this a must visit attraction for having a drink with friends, colleagues or the family. For everyday dining, the high-quality themed food court will offer familiar international brands alongside the best of local flavours with something for every palate and pocket, ensuring an endless stream of activity passing through the mall.
Then Proceed to Airport,Your guide will comfortably take you back to the international airport to end your pleasant journey.